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#356770 - 07/10/16 12:11 AM [User Showcase] A Game Of Chess
jannesan Offline
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A Game Of Chess

This song was one of the first collaborations with RnAM. The song was not lyrically complete at that time but they also helped with the lyrics. They also made the final mix. Their singing is excellent as it has been always been, big thanks to them! I was bit hesitant showcasing this song because it feels so depressing, I tried to use analogies between life and chess, but I think I should have added some positive elements too. Here it is anyway. Comments welcome as always smile.

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Vocals and the final mix: RnAM

Lyrics:

I can still remember you
loosened hair, eyes greyish blue
simplified equation, you and me
always thought that it was meant to be.

Temptation of my fate
I fell into its cute bait
a move that seemed so logical
ended in a bitter stalemate.
Life is like a prolonged game of chess
many little moves without success
why would I go for a sacrifice
if my frugal life won't be
worth its price?

Common interests, souls agree
convinced myself I'd found a key
always thought solution would be clean
just put in their right places king and queen.

[Chorus]

I am helpless by the wall
your new castle makes me small
beautiful position black and white
broken by the force of a foreign knight.

[Chorus]

---

Janne

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#356815 - 07/10/16 10:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: jannesan]
Scott C Offline
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Awesome collaboration. Very cool lyric and vocal
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#356907 - 07/11/16 03:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: jannesan]
PeterF Offline
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Janne
Moody atmospheric and sophisticated. Good song nice collaboration.


Edited by PeterF (07/11/16 03:57 AM)

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#357046 - 07/12/16 03:11 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: Scott C]
jannesan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Scottt709
Awesome collaboration. Very cool lyric and vocal


Thanks Scott for your kind comment smile

Janne

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#357047 - 07/12/16 03:13 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: PeterF]
jannesan Offline
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Originally Posted By: PeterF
Janne
Moody atmospheric and sophisticated. Good song nice collaboration.


Thanks Peter for commenting, always nice to get some encouraging feedback!

Janne

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#357116 - 07/12/16 01:39 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: jannesan]
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Very interesting Janne!! Always a good choice to have R and AM for vocals. This song feels like it should be in a musical. The music is very different and very sophisticated. Almost like a piece from an Andrew Lloyd Webber show. Really well done in every way! Enjoyed much! Take care. Greg

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#357132 - 07/12/16 04:53 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: jannesan]
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Strong song!!! As others have said, the vocals are outstanding. Professional production. Great job guys.
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#357149 - 07/12/16 11:51 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: jannesan]
Noel96 Offline
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Hi Janne,

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
This song feels like it should be in a musical. The music is very different and very sophisticated. Almost like a piece from an Andrew Lloyd Webber show.

I agree with Greg. This really does sound like it could be in a stage show. The collaboration with Rob and Anne-Marie worked really well.

Enjoyed it!
Noel
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#357244 - 07/14/16 02:15 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: Noel96]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
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Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Janne,

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
This song feels like it should be in a musical. The music is very different and very sophisticated. Almost like a piece from an Andrew Lloyd Webber show.

I agree with Greg. This really does sound like it could be in a stage show. The collaboration with Rob and Anne-Marie worked really well.

Enjoyed it!
Noel


Thanks Greg and Noel for your kind words! Interesting point about a musical, I would have never thought of that :-) Maybe the word 'chess' creates the association ;-)

Janne

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#357245 - 07/14/16 02:18 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: David Snyder]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
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Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: David Snyder
Strong song!!! As others have said, the vocals are outstanding. Professional production. Great job guys.


Thanks David for your strong comment smile I also agree about the vocals. RnAM turned my boring song into something more listenable.

Janne

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#357454 - 07/15/16 02:32 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: jannesan]
RnAM Offline
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This was one of the first collaborations we did with Janne. Like always a sophisticated song, introspective lyrics with a very distinct mood.
For me this was a challenge to sing because it is slightly below my lower reach. Therefore it took quite a couple of takes ;-)
Again Janne provided a Vocaloid demo vocal track with it which I tried to emulate, more or less (including the vibrato in the vocal).
Anne-Marie's voice oohs add a lot to the song's atmosphere I think.

We're already looking forward to our next collaboration :-)

Rob
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#357538 - 07/16/16 02:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: jannesan]
dani48 Offline
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Hi, guys !:))


I agree with those who
say that this would go
well in a musical or film !
There was really something
in it that could have been
a Bond - tune !

I think this is a masterpiece
and with such pros as Rob and
Anne-Marie on the vocals it
really shines !:))

Cheers
Dani

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#357546 - 07/16/16 04:12 PM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: Noel96]
Charlie Fogle Offline
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Registered: 04/07/13
Posts: 4273
Loc: South Carolina
Originally Posted By: Noel96
Hi Janne,

Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
This song feels like it should be in a musical. The music is very different and very sophisticated. Almost like a piece from an Andrew Lloyd Webber show.

I agree with Greg. This really does sound like it could be in a stage show. The collaboration with Rob and Anne-Marie worked really well.

Enjoyed it!
Noel


These prior quotes match my thoughts from the beginning.

Nice song, great collaboration and production.
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#357683 - 07/18/16 07:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: RnAM]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 680
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: RnAM
This was one of the first collaborations we did with Janne. Like always a sophisticated song, introspective lyrics with a very distinct mood. For me this was a challenge to sing because it is slightly below my lower reach. Therefore it took quite a couple of takes ;-) Again Janne provided a Vocaloid demo vocal track with it which I tried to emulate, more or less (including the vibrato in the vocal). Anne-Marie's voice oohs add a lot to the song's atmosphere I think.

We're already looking forward to our next collaboration :-)
Rob


Thanks Rob again for your kind words. And of course the magnificent end result smile I'm working on the lyrics of several songs, maybe one of them will be the next one smile

Janne

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#357684 - 07/18/16 07:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: A Game Of Chess [Re: dani48]
jannesan Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 680
Loc: Finland
Originally Posted By: dani48

I agree with those who
say that this would go
well in a musical or film !
There was really something
in it that could have been
a Bond - tune !

I think this is a masterpiece
and with such pros as Rob and
Anne-Marie on the vocals it
really shines !:))

Cheers
Dani


Thanks Dani for your always positive comment! Bond-tune, I wouldn't have ever thought of that smile. But maybe there is some similarity to Goldeneye in the melody.

Janne

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